Date: 1/26/19 5:02 am
From: Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 26, 2019
Date: January 26 2019

Compiler: Gregg Goodrich, <gregggoodrich...>

Phone: (303) 655-9135

E-mail: RBA AT

This is the Colorado Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, January 26 sponsored by
Denver Field Ornithologists.

Observers have been diligent in reporting sightings and updates on CoBirds.
Alternatively, you can phone sightings and updates to (303) 655-9135, and
your sightings will be posted ASAP on your behalf.

Rare, out of place and out of season species include:

(*) indicates new information on this species.

CAPITAL LETTERS are used for very rare species, as listed by the Colorado
Bird Records Committee.


Brant (Boulder, Broomfield)

Trumpeter Swan (Pueblo)

White-winged Scoter (Jefferson)

Black Scoter (Arapahoe)

Long-tailed Duck (Pueblo, *Weld)

Red-necked Grebe (Pueblo)

Mew Gull (Adams, Pueblo)


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Larimer)

Winter Wren (Jefferson)

Carolina Wren (Pueblo)

Varied Thrush (*Boulder)

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Conejos, Jefferson, Teller)

Black Rosy Finch (Conejos, El Paso, Jefferson, Teller)

Field Sparrow (*El Paso, Fremont)

Fox Sparrow (*Jefferson)

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson)

Rusty Blackbird (*Denver, Washington)

Note, several more winter/very early spring Gull species are being seen,
primarily in Pueblo and Larimer Counties (e.g. Franklin’s Gull, Mew Gull,
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull). For
more information on these birds please check


—On January 21 a Mew Gull was reported at Hwy 224 & 68th. First reported by
Gabriel Wiltse on January 21.


---On January 23 a (f) Black Scoter was reported at South Platte Reservoir.
First reported on November 10 by James McCall.


---On January 25 a Varied Thrush was reported at Pleasant View Marsh. First
reported by Ernest Crvich January 23.

---On January 19 a Brant (Black) was reported at Stearns Lake. First
reported by Dan Zmolek on January 5.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Broomfield County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.


---On January 20 a Brant (Black) was reported at Glasser Reservoir/Holy
Family High School Reservoir, at the intersection of 144th and Sheridan.
First reported by David Ely on January 6.

*Note, this is a different Brant than the one reported above in nearby
Boulder County. Both birds have been seen concurrently.


—On January 20 (400+) Rosy Finches were reported at the feeders of Susan
Hochstetler’s home, south of Monte Visa NWR. They are primarily
Brown-capped with 8-10 Black and a few Gray-crowned. She is located 7 miles
south of the Monte Vista Refuge and welcomes birders to stop by. To get
there, go south on CO 15 and when the pavement ends at the 12S, continue
south for 1 mile. Her place is second on the left, about a mile south of
the end of pavement. Susan welcomes birders and please consider helping her
out with a donation. She said she goes through 10-11 gallons of feed per


---On January 25 (4) Rusty Blackbirds were reported at First Creek at DEN
Open Space. (6) birds were first reported on the Denver Urban Christmas
Count on January 1.


—On January 25 a Field Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
First reported by Jim Merritt on December 19.

—On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches was
reported at Rainbow Gulch Trail. First reported by Jan Allbright on January


—On January 23 a Field Sparrow was reported at Brush Hollow Reservoir.
First reported by Jerry DeBoer on January 23.


---On January 25 a (Red) Fox Sparrow was reported at Red Rock Trading Post.
First reported by Cheryl Teuton on Nov 30.

—On January 23 a White-winged Scoter was first reported at Welton Reservoir
by Eric DeFonso on January 20.

---On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Ralston Creek. First
reported by James McCall on January 23.

—On January 23 a Winter Wren was reported at Bear Creek Greenbelt. First
reported by Chris Woods on December 13.

—On January 21 a Golden Crowned Sparrow was reported in Morrison on 2nd
Street. Visitors are required to stay on the road and not wander onto the
private parking lot just south of his house.

---On January 19 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was reported at the vicinity around the home of Kirsten WItherell
and/or at her backyard feeders at 19640 W 55th Pl., Golden. For permission
to visit the feeders, please text her at (720) 372-0833 so she can give you
more details.


*NOTE, If you visit the Larimer County Landfill be sure to check in at one
of the pay windows (or the main office) and follow instructions for parking
from landfill employees.

—On January 23 a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Warren Lake first reported by Josh

---On January 23 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Grandview Cemetery. First
reported by David Leatherman on January 8, just out on the golf course,
east of the big gray porta-potty.

—On January 19 a (f) Northern Cardinal was reported by Steve Martin at his
home SW of Wellington. It has been visiting his feeders since July.
Email for current status and directions falconridge AT If
Steve is home, birders are welcome to come into the house for comfortable,
close viewing, or, alternatively if nobody is home, to sit on a bench that
faces the area the bird comes in to. First reported on July 23, 2018.


—On January 22 a Mew Gull was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First reported
by Kara Carrager and Brandon Percival January 19.

—On January 21 a Carolina Wren was reported at the Arkansas River Trail,
east of Pueblo Blvd. First reported January 3 by Brandon Percival.

—On January 21 a Trumpeter Swan was reported at Valco Ponds SWA first
reported by Al Garner on January 15.

—On January 19 a Long-tailed Duck was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Kara Carragher on January 1.

—On January 19 a Red-necked Grebe was reported at Pueblo Reservoir. First
reported by Van Truan December 15.

---Note, a Great-black Backed Gull is often reported at Pueblo Reservoir,
where it has wintered for many years.


---On January 21 a mixed flock of Gray-crowned, Brown-capped and Black Rosy
Finches was first reported by David Suddjian on his DFO field trip in
Goldfield at a feeder north side of town on January 21.


---On January 21 a Rusty Blackbird was at Merino. First reported by Norm
Erthal on January 21.


---On January 25 a Long-tailed Duck at Milavec Reservoir. First reported by
Steve Mlodinow on November 22.

---On January 19 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in the vicinity of Frederick Lake
(Milavec Reservoir) & Recreation Area. At times it moves to the adjacent
golf course, but can be seen from Milavec. First reported by Steve Mlodinow
at a nearby location on December 11. This would be a first state record if
approved by the CBRC. The CBRC has not reviewed this bird yet and it will
likely take several months for their meticulous review process to be

Upcoming DFO Field Trips...trip details are at the DFO website

Stearns Lake
Sunday, January 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gregg Goodrich (GreggGoodrich AT; 303-655-9135)

Park County Exploration
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
David Suddjian (Email: dsuddjian AT; 303-713-8659)

Northeastern Raptor Tour
Saturday, February 2
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Joey Kellner (Email: vireo1 AT; 303-978-1748)

Denver City Park
Wednesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chris Rurik (Email: chrisrurik AT 253-225-7104)

Good Birding,

Gregg Goodrich

Highlands Ranch, CO

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